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The Jackson County Republican Party voted last Thursday on three individuals who requested to change parties from Democrat to Republican.

A vote was held by 22 voting members. According to President Allen Keller, each candidate must receive two-thirds of the vote. Former County Commissioner Stacy Ledwell, fell with 12 of the 14.6 votes required and Jackson County Probate Judge Victor Manning fell with 14 of the 14.6 votes required. County Commissioner Tim Guffey questioned why the party is voting on members who are not currently in office. Guffey stated he felt everyone has the right to join if they so desire. The  by-laws of the Alabama Republican Committee reads, in part, “Each county committee shall provide in its bylaws for a minimum membership for the lesser of 25 members, or one member for each 1,000 inhabitants or major fraction thereof.”
Keller stated that it is his understanding there are currently 33 voting members in the group.
Keller further explained that Ledwell and Manning were each seeking ballot access on the Republican ticket.
Standing rules adopted by the Alabama Republican Party states, “This committee reserves the right to deny ballot access to a candidate for public office if in a prior election that person was a Republican office holder and either publicly participated in the primary election of another political party or publicly supported a nominee of another political party. This provision shall apply for a period of six years after such person so participated.”
Keller explained that four persons who were previously Democrats have requested ballot access. Two of those have been approved, two have not. “At the end of the day we’re trying to preserve the democratic process,” Keller stated.
Guffey stated, “I feel that everyone in the group should be allowed to vote on the process. Victor was denied ballot access with less than one vote. I feel like some of the voting was based on personal agendas instead of what is best for our party. This had nothing to do with if they are good Republicans. I am ashamed of what has been done. A few people with hurt feelings and private agendas kept two good men from joining and making our party better. I will not give up or in to a few radicals with agendas.”
County Coronor John David Jordan was allowed to enter the party by vote.

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